What is the pace of your life these days?
That is the question I posed last week during a group coaching session. We were about to discuss “The Path to Future Success” — what is the pace of your life?
Here are the some of the responses those leaders gave:
- Speed of light
- Laid back due to uncertainty/change
- Adapting to circumstances
- Extremely fast, no down time
- Usually fast, slowing it forcibly
- Fast and Furious
Where do you identify?
What happens when you are overly occupied with activity? What’s the impact of being so committed to something that you are unable to undertake another activity of a greater value?
When does your schedule seem ridiculous…to the point that it’s not practical or showing good sense, “it’s crazy”? What is that costing you?
What is the affect when you are doing nearly everything in “fast” mode?
What’s your world like?
Did you see the Peter Bregman’s recent Harvard Business Review blog, “Why I Returned My iPad”? I appreciate his candor; what do you think?
A little more than a week after buying the iPad, I returned it to Apple. The problem wasn’t the iPad exactly, though it has some flaws. The problem was me.
I like technology, but I’m not an early adopter. I waited for the second-generation iPod, the second-generation iPhone, and the second-generation MacBook Air.
But the iPad was different. So sleek. So cool. So transformational. And, I figured, since it’s so similar to the iPhone, most of the kinks would already be worked out.
So at 4 PM on the day the 3G iPad was released, for the first time in my life, I waited in line for two hours to make a purchase.
I set up my iPad in the store because I wanted to make sure I could start using it the very moment I bought it. And use it I did. I carried it with me everywhere; it’s so small and thin and light, why not bring it along?
I did my email on it, of course. But I also wrote articles using Pages. I watched episodes of Weeds on Netflix. I checked the news, the weather, and the traffic. And, of course, I proudly showed it to, well, anyone who indicated the least bit of interest.
It didn’t take long for me to encounter the dark side of this revolutionary device: it’s too good.
It’s too easy. Too accessible. Both too fast and too long-lasting. Certainly there are some kinks, but nothing monumental. For the most part, it does everything I could want. Which, as it turns out, is a problem.
Sure I might want to watch an episode of Weeds before going to sleep. But should I? It really is hard to stop after just one episode. And two hours later, I’m entertained and tired, but am I really better off? Or would it have been better to get seven hours of sleep instead of five?
The brilliance of the iPad is that it’s the anytime-anywhere computer. On the subway. In the hall, waiting for the elevator. In a car on the way to the airport. Any free moment becomes a potential iPad moment. (emphasis added)
The iPhone can do roughly the same thing, but not exactly. Who wants to watch a movie in bed on an iPhone?
So why is this a problem? It sounds like I was super-productive. Every extra minute, I was either producing or consuming.
Every extra minute, I was either producing or consuming. Sound familiar?
How is this pace affecting your life?
That’s the question I ask my coaching group next; here are their responses?
- Impacts my outlook on life
- My health
- Lacking a sense of direction
- Miss-focused, not concentrating on what is important
- Feeling short-changed
- Feeling out of control
- Questioning: Where am I? Who am I?
- Loss of contentment
- Drinking more Red Bull
- Loss of quality
- Out of balance
- Hurting my performance
- Impacting my life
- Hard on relationships
Now, how is the pace of life impacting you?
Life is accelerated, everything seems to happen faster, develop faster, change faster.
The point of the coaching session was to establish how to accelerate personal growth.
Here’s the principle to consider…
The way to accelerate personal growth is to slow life down.
How will you slow down your life today?
What’s one thing that is so doable it’s laughable? What can you do that will help slow life down?
Tell us what you think.
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